According to Dr. Michael Geist, law professor at the University of Ottawa, the MPAA is "unsurprisingly leading the way, demanding a series of changes that would make Bill C-11 look much more like SOPA."
While SOPA may be dead (for now) in the U.S., lobby groups are likely to intensify their efforts to export SOPA-like rules to other countries. With Bill C-11 back on the legislative agenda at the end of the month, Canada will be a prime target for SOPA style rules. In fact, a close review of the unpublished submissions to the Bill C-32 legislative committee reveals that several groups have laid the groundwork to add SOPA-like rules into Bill C-11, including blocking websites and expanding the "enabler provision"to target a wider range of websites. Given the reaction to SOPA in the U.S., where millions contacted their elected representatives to object to rules that threatened their Internet and digital rights, the political risks inherent in embracing SOPA-like rules are significant.
For example, the industry wants language to similar to that found in SOPA on blocking access to websites, demanding new provisions that would "permit a court to make an order blocking a pirate site such as The Pirate Bay to protect the Canadian marketplace from foreign pirate sites."
Those provisions could be used to target YouTube.
|My New Motto|
|Eyebombing: Sticking Googly Eyes on Everything|
|uProxy: Peer-to-Peer Browser Plug-In to Bypass Censorship|
|The Spaceship Propulsion Compendium|
|Soviet Air Force’s First All-Female Bombing Squad|
|"This very internationalism that contributed to the apocalyptic disaster that ended the Bronze Age."|
|Reviewing Counterfeit Toys Made in China|
|"Most of what kids currently learn at school will probably be irrelevant by the time they are 40."|
|“There was not only automation but where the suggestion that humans had any control [...] was absent too.”|
|Unboxing a Factory Sealed IBM Compatible PC from 1988|
|"Fossil fuel executives want to get a piece of the clean-energy business."|
|“The release of methane from hydrate may be apocalyptic.”|
|Nerf John Wick|
|Introducing Our First Twitter Bot (Sort of): Miss Fortune at @bottune|
|Pat the Zombie: A Cruel Adult Spoof of 'Pat the Bunny'|